再談西班牙讀西班牙文:爲什麽要選夏天

有位讀者最近留言,分享她在看了我的blog後去西班牙Granada讀西巴牙文的情況。我在這裡寫過我在Granada的學校Catila學習的情況,不少讀者可能因此選了Castila. 一位叫AL的讀者也選了,但遭遇不太好,她分享了她的情況和建議。我很感謝她,並用英文作了回應,我倆的對答見下。

因爲這位讀者的遭遇,我想在這裡再談談到西班牙讀西班牙文的事,有幾點分析想特別提出來,希望能幫到大家:

1.我在Castila度西班牙文已是好多年的事,老師已面目全非,彼時好,不等於是此時好,所以,是不是選Castila, 大家要自行決定。

2.Granada是我西班牙至愛的城市,似乎所有去過人都同意,Granada是個好選擇。

3.大家選校的時候,最緊要循一個方向,就是永遠不要在出發前報讀一間學校超過兩個星期或一個星期 (有些學校規定最少報讀兩個星期,有些則規定最少一個星期),學校好,繼續讀,如果不好,其他選擇多的是(西班牙每個稍大的城市都有很多西班牙文學校)。

4.我建議大家還是夏天去讀西班牙文,因爲夏天的時候,很多歐洲和美國的學生會來到西班牙進修西班牙文,學校最旺就是這個時間,人多的好處是,學校有能力開很多不同程度的班,你被編入適合你程度的班的機會就大得多。試想想,如果學習在同一時間只有五個學生,而他們的程度都是高於你的,學校會為你一個人開一個初級程度的班嗎?可能性幾乎是零的。

5.夏天去讀西班牙文的另一個好處是,很多節慶和文化活動都是在艷陽高照的夏天才會舉行,你在西班牙的生活會更多姿彩。

6.至於住宿,學校提供的住宿一定是比自己在當地租個地方住為貴的,這是學校收入的一部分,可以理解。住學校提供的住宿好處是方便,不用自己找。不好的地方當然是不是太便宜。如果你是打算在一個城市停留一段時間的,可以考慮先住學校提供的住宿,安頓好後,自己再找住的地方。

這些提點,希望對有心去西班牙讀西班牙文的人有幫助。再次感謝這位讀者的留言。謝謝你AL.

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  1. Hi I thank you very much for taking time to write your and your friend’s experience. It will be very helpful for those wanting to study spanish in spain. I am sorry for what happened to you and your friend. I absolutely agree that there are many schools in granada and you should choose one that suits you. That is why I always tell people not to enrol in a school before you leave your home country for more than 2 weeks. Give it a try for two weeks or even a week, and if you don’t like it,choose some other schools because there are just so many of them.

    I was in Castila quite some years ago. I know that two of the best teachers whom we all loved left the school later. Time has passed and the teachers are very different now, I believe. What was good then does not mean that it would be that way forever. Or good things cannot last?

    About putting people not in the same level, i believe it is because it is winter time. Peak time for language schools across spain is summer. Many students will come during summer and that means there is very high chance that the schools can form classes of various levels and you will be put into the right level class. I believe this happens not only in Castila,but other schools in Spain. During summer there are also more interesting things going on in the city. That is one reason I recommend that it is better to study during summer. What is more, winter in granada can be very cold just as summer very hot.

    About the coordinator going into the flat to check the gas, i think you / your friend should make a serious complaint to the management and demand apology. it is indeed outrageous. When i was in castila, the management was reasonable. I don’t know who is the management now. But no matter what, you/ your friend should complain.

    about accommodation, i agree that your observation is right. but renting an apartment works only if you stay in a city long. If you stay just for a short period of time, you don’t want the trouble of renting a place yourself. also, the fun of living under one roof with other classmates will be lost. i had a great time living in the school accommodation then, and it was summer time. i could go to other school accommodation for swimming, and we cooked together, had pool party, etc.

    Thanks again for your helpful comment and reminder. I feel sorry that after reading my blog you and your friend went to castila and had some bad experience. Things are in flux. Nothing stays the same…

  2. Dear Anna,

    After reading your blogs, I went to Granada and Castila for quite a few weeks. It is so true that Granada is in fact a beautiful, beautiful city. Everyone I met there falls in love with it.

    Yet, I do want to share my experience in Castila with all the readers who want to study Spanish (if you don’t mind). Castila isn’t necessarily the right school for you to learn Spanish. It largely depends on what you look for during your stay in Granada.

    If your purpose of going to Granada is just to have a relaxing holiday, and meeting people, it is absolutely a great place for you since they have a nice garden.

    However, if you go there hoping to learn Spanish seriously, go somewhere else and look for other schools. There are plenty in Granada you can choose from. As far as I have observed and most of the comments I heard from my classmates about the school are not positive. At the end of your stay, you are asked to fill in the form stating whether you will recommend it to your friends. And many of my classmates answered a “No”, which are due to a few reasons.

    In the first place, the school isn’t organized and so as the curriculum. One of the advantages of language school is flexibility (because there aren’t many students and the classes are unstructured). Unfortunately also due to the “flexibility”, you will be moved from one class to another. Sometimes you are assigned with the students at your level, other times with the people at a lower or higher level than yours. It could happen that you learn the same things for three weeks because there are always new students coming in and their Spanish level is below yours. Or when there aren’t many students, you will be in a class of mixture, ranging from A1 to C1 (the very beginners level to the advanced level).
    Talking about unstructured class, I also mean that the teachers (not all the time, but quite some times) come to the class WITHOUT preparation! If an unprepared lesson is what you are paying for, go for it! But I tell you the truth, you can actually do it with language exchange. There are a lot out there for FREE!

    In the second place, the housing conditions are unpleasant. If you ask for the accommodation from the school, you pay up to 300-400 euros a month. However, no internet is included. The internet provided is borrowed from your neighborhood and so, the connection could be quite poor as reception is diminished every wall the signal passes. In fact, Granada is really a beautiful, but cheap city to stay/ live. For 200 euros, you can rent a place with everything (smooth wifi, hot shower, PRIVACY and heater) included for a month. For 400-500 euros, you can even rent an apartment your own without sharing with others and again, with everything (smooth wifi, hot shower, PRIVACY and heater) included.

    In the third place, the heater at your place doesn’t function very well. It could be disastrous if you go there in winter. There are two types of heater provided in the accomodation. One is the portable one, which obviously isn’t warm enough. Another one is operated by gas. However, my friend had a very unpleasant experience about staying in a flat with the gas-operated heater. Although it is written on the web that everything is included, it is not true as described. It is because when my friends went to the classes at school, the coordinator of the school went to their place and check if they turned off the heater and made sure it was only at 20 degree celcius!!! That is absolutely outrageous. By what principle that he is allowed to enter the apartment without any permission when my friends already paid for the few months they stayed in the flat?! I have never heard of the owners can come in freely and go out of the apartment that is already rented and even CRITICIZE the way you live!!!

    Anna, I’m sorry for writing so long here. I love Granada too, but I also hope that the people who genuinely want to learn Spanish can go to the right school which worth the money.

9 thoughts on “再談西班牙讀西班牙文:爲什麽要選夏天”

  1. 對,英國入境很麻煩。最好你是買了回程機票,那樣會較少麻煩。有關到了西班牙後,出境再入境的問題,理論上是可以的,不過我可不敢保證。話雖如此,我覺得香港人現在去旅行,簽證應該不再是問題,最多是在香港以外的地方申請別國的簽證好了,總可以拿到簽證的。

  2. Hi Anna
    很高興看到你的blog,給了我很多資訊,謝謝。
    我現在正計劃一年的遊學之旅,想是先到英國學2個月英文,然後到西班牙4個月,墨西哥2個月及厄瓜多爾2個月。如這樣的行程,我是否只是在西班牙過了3個月後到一到其他地方再回西班牙,就沒有問題?不需申請任何簽證。
    另外,我上網看到很多人說英國入境很麻煩,是真的嗎?
    期待你的回覆,謝謝。

  3. Hi Anna,

    你好,今次想請教一下Spanish Grammar書
    不知有沒有好推介呢?

    小弟看中www.sm-ele.com它們出的, 但香港好像找不到那兒買
    還是你有其他好推介呢? 好像英文就找cambridge出的,
    最好能在HK買

    謝謝
    ykk

  4. it depends on what course you choose and how long you want to study. just go to the school website to find out? it is not cheap studying in europe.

  5. 上堂後可否來這裡分享下上課的情形和你的學習情況?
    很多人想知,我亦有點心動想報個課程讀讀。
    謝謝。

  6. 好的,謝謝
    我也報了, 希望自己能堅持,唔會放棄!!!
    也希望將來有機會去海外直接學~

  7. 我在香港大學的space讀過,space辦西班牙語課程,在香港來説算是有點歷史。我覺得老師還是教得不錯的。

  8. 你好,
    因為在網上尋找西班牙語課程資料
    無意中發現閣下的網站

    我也是十分喜歡旅行的
    你的文章真的精彩.
    雖然還有一段很遠很遠的距離
    但去南美學西班牙語的文章,簡直令我充滿憧憬.

    言歸正傳,你所提及的大學校外進修部,
    課程進度快的那間, 不知是指那間呢?
    (如果不方便公開,麻煩電郵)

    另外, 香港西班牙語學校真的比較少
    不知道有沒有推介的呢?

    感謝
    ykk

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